NDP MLA Robyn Luff removed from caucus
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NDP MLA Robyn Luff removed from caucus

Last Updated Nov 6, 2018 at 8:07 am MDT

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The NDP removes Calgary East representative Robyn Luff from caucus

Robyn Luff cites strict party controls didn't allow her to represent her constituents properly

A Calgary MLA has been booted from the NDP caucus after complaining about a “toxic culture” within the party.

Calgary East representative Robyn Luff issued a letter Monday claiming she was bullied by leadership and that she couldn’t properly represent her constituents because of strict party controls.

Mount Royal University Political Scientist Dwayne Bratt says it’s a common complaint from back-benchers.

“We see complaints from back-benchers in all parties federally and provincially that they don’t have a say and that there are too much party supply and the role of party whips negates their independent voice,” said Bratt.

In a late night release, the NDP says fellow MLAs have lost confidence in Luff, and the decision was made Monday night to turf her in a meeting.

Luff has not said what she will do next.